The on-field umpires would not call for front foot No balls without the third umpire's advice being taken © Getty Images
The on-field umpires would not call for front foot No balls without the third umpire’s advice being taken © Getty Images

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday, announced that would be conducting a technology trial to understand, whether a third umpire is able to use instant replays for front foot no-balls in a more accurate way in international cricket. The trial would be carried out during the five-match ODI series between Pakistan and England, which begins from 24 August. The third umpire would be able to judge front foot no-balls, within seconds of the ball being delivered and convey it to the on field umpires. This also means that during this series, the on-field umpires would not call for front foot no-balls without the third umpire’s advice being taken. unless of course the side-on cameras are not available. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs England, 1st ODI at Southampton

To assist the TV umpire judge no-balls, the four side-on run-out cameras that are part of the broadcast coverage will be provided on split screen feed and automatic slow motion replay. The TV umpire would then be able to rewind-forward through the toggle wheel. READ: Time for ICC to take away no-ball calls from on-field umpires

The on-field umpires will be seen watching pager watches which will vibrate as soon as the TV umpire conveys that a front foot no-ball has been bowled. If the signal is not send, or has issues, then the verbal communication will take place.

ICC Senior Manager – Umpires and Referees, Adrian Griffith, said, “This trial is being carried out to ascertain if there is a way in which front foot no-balls can be called more accurately and consistently, while also assessing the TV umpire’s workload and identifying the impact it will have on the flow of the game. While we need to find out if the technology set-up for this purpose is fit, at the same time we feel this is the right time to conduct the trial as the TV umpires will have more information than ever before to share with the on-field umpires, which, in turn, will help them in correct decision-making,” as quoted by ICC.

He further added, “To ensure that the match officials are thoroughly briefed and trained for this trial, the ICC will conduct training sessions with the umpires and match referee in Southampton on Monday and Tuesday. The results of this technology trial will be shared with the ICC Cricket Committee, which will advise the ICC on future action.”